Record numbers for Geldeston Hall event
The Beccles & Bungay Riding Club Open One Day Event took place at Geldeston Hall on Sunday. It was a later fixture than normal – but the new date was well received with a record number of entries.
Twelve junior riders contested Class One -70cm with Lydia Sida-Page and 'Idole Des Chauaus' taking top honours with a double clear in both jumping phases and adding just 1.2 cross country penalties to their dressage score of 34.5 to finish on 35.7. Georgia Cattermole partnering The Beepster came in second, 2.1 penalties behind.
Anthea Johnson built an inviting show jumping course with generous turns that rode well.
The fourth fence, an upright of planks caused most penalty additions and just 13 riders went clear including Nicki Strachen on Jim Bean, who added just 1.6 cross country time penalties to their dressage score of 37 to win.
Class 3, restricted 85cm, was divided into two sections with fifteen competitors in each. The cross country course for this class included a new fence the 'John Deere Haywain', an up to height and imposing bale fence decorated with two small John Deere tractors. It caused one or two riders a problem but on the whole rode well.
In Section A, club member Caroline Hytch riding Thai Hoe had a half point lead with a dressage penalty score of 35.
However, in the show jumping, they also collected four penalties at the planks so, despite going clear and within time on the cross country, their final score of 39 penalties could only secure them second place.
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First place went to Josh Ross Miller on James, who had a double clear jumping, without time penalties and finished on a dressage score of 38.
Section B was another close contest between the Clover family. Emily Clover on Maltravers added four penalty points to her dressage score from the show jumping and a further 8.4 time penalties from the cross country finishing on 44.4 to take first place.
Louise Clover riding Maximum Comfort also picked up four penalties in the show jumping and only 1.2 cross country to add to her dressage score.
She finished second just 0.3 penalties behind her daughter. However, Louise had also secured third place in Section A with her other ride of the day 'Cleggan Bay'.
The Open 85cm class saw Megan McLoughlin on Himself in a clear lead after the dressage phase with their winning performance going unchallenged as they went clear in both the show jumping and cross country phases to finish within the optimum time on their dressage score of 33.
The final class of the day was the Open 100cm. Club member Charlotte Cattermole on Tyrons Pride took the lead after the dressage phase and, despite adding four penalties in the show jumping and a further 9.2 cross country, maintained their lead to win on a final score of 42.2.
Louise Hawkins riding Rinroe Supreme jumped clear in both the show jumping and cross-country but added 14.4 time penalties to their dressage score to finish in second place on 46.9 penalties.